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A pathway analysis approach for determining acceptable levels of contamination of radionuclides in soil



A pathway analysis approach for determining acceptable levels of contamination of radionuclides in soil



Health Physics 55(3): 541-548



A methodology for determining acceptable levels for decontamination of soil containing radionuclides at waste sites is described. This methodology calculates the annual radiation dose that an individual receives while living on property that has been decommissioned and decontaminated. Pathways of exposure include direct radiation from ground surfaces, ingestion of contaminated food, inhalation of resuspended radionuclides and drinking contaminated water. Results calculated using this methodology were compared with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines for a southeastern U.S. site. There is good agreement between the two methods provided similar assumptions are used.

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Accession: 001740536

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PMID: 3170208

DOI: 10.1097/00004032-198809000-00005


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